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Did You See This – HBO’s HARD KNOCKS to Be Mandatory?

By Jef Dinsmore on Nov 17, 2013 to HBO Sports

It looks like HBO’s invasion into professional football training camp could play out into perpetuity. We missed this earlier, but got to tell you now that the NFL HardKnocks-logohas passed a ruling that forces one franchise per year to participate in HBO’s HARD KNOCKS!

 As you may know HBO has a struggle every year to find a pro team willing to deal with the scrutiny the cameras put them under to get the series shot. After a long search the Cincinnati Bengals came back for a second round. The NFL organization now wants to make sure other teams get the exposure as well, whether they want it or not.


 Some teams, hoHardKnocks_NFLwever, will be exempt in any given year. Teams that have already appeared on HARD KNOCKS, teams that have been in the seasonal playoffs in the past two seasons or teams that have a new head coach are exempt from being on the show.  Teams can, of course, willingly volunteer to participate and let the cameras in. If no one ponies up then the organization will select the team that gets their preseason onscreen.

 The NFL and HBO have already signed a continued agreement to see HARD KNOCKS continue. What do you think about the new ruling insisting that teams must participate?   


  • Jef Dinsmore

    You can easily narrow it down if you really want to speculate. The following teams are ineligible because they have been featured on the show in the last ten years. They are:
    Kansas City Chiefs (2007)
    Dallas Cowboys (2008)
    Cincinnati Bengals (2009)
    New York Jets (2010)
    Miami Dolphins (2012)
    Cincinnati Bengals (2013)

    You can also outrule teams who have made the Playoffs lately meaning teams like the New England Patriots,Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts won’t have to appear in the show either.

    If you go back and figure all that out that narrows the field of teams down pretty far. Of course, we will have to see what happens yet as the 2013 season wraps up.

  • As a bandwagon Seahawks fan this year I would LOVE to see Hard Knocks on a team I’m interested in. I think in the past it’s just gone to teams who aren’t really in the running (maybe the Jets were the closest thing to a contending team lately?). I wouldn’t mind this but I do respect the coaches prerogative to cut things, kick the crews out etc.

    Make it mandatory but give the teams a ton of leeway.

    • Larry

      I wonder what team will do it. I think the New York Giants could be an option. I’m excited!

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